Today, I feel rushed.
It’s Athletics Day and I really want to go and watch some of the events, chat to other mums on the sidelines, and support my son, however I am also aware that I have a few other responsibilities to get through today too, and it’s a juggle.
This is the parents dilemma – work verses family – of course if we had a choice we would commit to supporting our kids and yet sometimes the rush, and stress make this a tricky thing.
If you work full-time then it is hard to get time away from work to show your face and be supportive, and yet I do know that a lot of mums and dads make this work. A lunch-break check in at the school sports is an achievable way to do this. Sometimes, a wee conversation about a 30 min break in the morning that you can make up at the end of the day could be possible too.
If you work for yourself, or don’t work, there is still a juggle, even though it might look easy from the outside there is plenty of obstacles to being the full on support that you might want to be. Pre-schoolers hanging off you while you try to get to the days events. Working out sleeping times, and feeding times for babies and toddlers could be an issue. For me this morning I had a vet appointment for the cat, and a deadline with my writing.
There is always something.
But here’s the thing – you DON’T have to be at a school event supporting it ALL day. No. You don’t even have to be there half the day. Our children appreciate seeing our faces, and even 10 minutes of you watching them succeed in one event, will become a powerful memory.
So, even if you feel rushed, or busy, or just unable to commit to being at an event, take another look at the situation – memories are made in moments.